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Associate’s Degree in Design & Applied Arts

9,124 Yearly Graduations
$21,900 Median Salary
$19,213 Median Debt
An associate's degree in design is offered at 525 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 36% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.3% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2017-2018, 9,124 associate's degree were awarded to design majors. This makes it the 17th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,801
Associate’s Degree 9,124
Basic Certificate 4,168
Undergraduate Certificate 2,388
Master’s Degree 1,845
Graduate Certificate 91
Doctor’s Degree 11

Earnings of Design Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in design is $21,900. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $19,900 and the high is $24,050.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in design is $19,213. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $24,435 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $200.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in design. About 66.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,059
Women 6,065
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 543
Black or African American 846
Hispanic or Latino 1,591
White 4,759
International Students 576
Other Races/Ethnicities 809
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Associate's Degree Students

There are 525 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
740 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fashion Institute of Technology tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 8,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,542 per year.

The design program at Fashion Institute of Technology awarded 740 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

443 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,141 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,870 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 443 people received their associate's degree in design from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles. About 91% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

The New School

New York, New York
211 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is The New School. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,669 per year.

The design program at The New School awarded 211 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 84% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
138 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Each year, around 75,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 138 people received their associate's degree in design from Ivy Tech Community College. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#5

Independence University

Salt Lake City, Utah
113 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Independence University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,021 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,616 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 113 people received their associate's degree in design from Branch of Stevens-Henager College. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

92 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY Kingsborough Community College. Each year, around 15,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at CUNY Kingsborough Community College awarded 92 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Wake Technical Community College. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The design program at Wake Technical Community College awarded 92 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, Wisconsin
90 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Madison Area Technical College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 15,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,026 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,026 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 90 people received their associate's degree in design from Madison College. Of these students, 74% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
90 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Macomb Community College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 21,000 attend the school each year. The design program at Macomb Community College awarded 90 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#10

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
79 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Institute of Technology is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,200 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 79 people received their associate's degree in design from New England Tech. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 27% were women.

#11

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, Kansas
75 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson County Community College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at JCCC. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#12

Monroe Community College

Rochester, New York
70 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe Community College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Monroe Community College awarded 70 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

69 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY New York City College of Technology. Roughly 17,200 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at City Tech. Of these students, 55% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
65 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montgomery College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 65 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at Montgomery College - Rockville. Of these students, 49% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
64 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,268 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,235 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 64 people received their associate's degree in design from Full Sail University. About 50% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

57 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Metropolitan Community College Area. Roughly 14,900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 57 people received their associate's degree in design from Metropolitan Community College Area. Of these students, 72% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
56 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Suffolk County Community College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 26,700 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 56 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at Suffolk County Community College. Of these students, 57% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

56 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 23,900 attend the school each year. The design program at Cuyahoga Community College District awarded 56 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
56 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of DuPage comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Each year, around 26,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 56 people received their associate's degree in design from COD. Of these students, 71% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, Ohio
54 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sinclair Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 18,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 54 people received their associate's degree in design from Sinclair Community College. Of these students, 69% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to design that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 3,767
Music 2,160
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,508
Drama & Theater Arts 1,497
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,352

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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